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Reading Between the Lines (Turning Point Christian Worldview Series) Paperback – 15 Sep 1990


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (15 Sept. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891075828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891075820
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,059,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 1998
Format: Paperback
This thoroughly interesting overview of the history of literature and how it is a reflection of the prevailing worldviews of the times of the authors. It also addresses how Christians in each age have used literary forms to address the false worldviews of their time with the truth of the gospel message.
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Great overview of the key issues 4 Jun. 2000
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is about the third book I've read by Gene Veith and I enjoy his clear writing style very much. This book has a helpful overview of the main genres of literature and their place in the Christian worldview. The real gems in this book are Veith's discussions of Fiction and Fantasy. There would certainly be crossover into the realm of filmmaking for the thoughtful Christian screenwriter. I also found the end chapters on the development of literature throughout history, and how Christians interacted and critiqued the errors of their day a helpful corrective to much of the existential Christian nonsense which tries to pass itself off as "Christian literature" these days. My only disappointment is Veith's repeated use of Madeline L'Engle as a positive example of a Christian author. Certainly, she has some spiritual overtones to her books, but I don't think the worldview she presents could be called distinctly "Christian". The other slight criticism I have is that I would have liked to see Veith give more discussion to developing a model for how Christians can interact with their culture through literature. He kind of assumes too much here.
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This Book has the wrong title!!! 3 Aug. 2001
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
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The only problem with this book is that it has the wrong title. It shouldn't be called a "Christian" guide to literature, but simply a guide to literature. I heartily recommend this book to both my Christian and non-Christian friends.
Mr. Veith clearly explains the importance of literature in our modern society. His description of the different literary forms gave me a new appreciation for some genres that in the past I had avoided. This book is important to both the avid reader as well as some one who would like to develop an appreciation for literature. It is most appropriate for anyone who has an interest in literature, not just Christians.
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Love Books? Don't Miss This One 20 July 2001
By A. Wolverton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We live in a time which allows book lovers access to a tremendous amount of literature, but we often need help in sorting through the junk to get to the nuggets of gold. Veith has done an outstanding job of teaching the lover of reading what to look for (and look out for) in books. The author explores how to seek out quality works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in helping the reader develop a sense of good literary taste. The book also explains how literature has changed from the Middle Ages to the present, but in an entertaining way. Veith's writing style makes sometimes confusing literary concepts easily understood. A very enjoyable read.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Literature as a reflection of society's worldviews. 20 Jun. 1998
By Mark McNair (mcnair@netten.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This thoroughly interesting overview of the history of literature and how it is a reflection of the prevailing worldviews of the times of the authors. It also addresses how Christians in each age have used literary forms to address the false worldviews of their time with the truth of the gospel message.
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Reading With Discernment 29 Jun. 2010
By Dr. Marc Axelrod - Published on Amazon.com
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Gene Veith's goal is to promote reading with discernment, and to get people to experience the pleasure and value of reading. The opening chapter explains why reading has always been important to Christianity (from a biblical perspective). He gives good examples of narrative, fiction, Non-fiction, fantasy,poetry, and more that he would consider to be redeeming literature that teaches good lessons. He also delves into literature from different eras, such as the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, the modern and the post-modern eras. I especially enjoyed his treatments of Faustus, Dante, and Crime and Punishment. Recommended for lovers of good books and for those who should love books more.
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